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Humboldt Bridge Builder 'Crossing borders – Transnational border studies in Central Europe'



The 2. Humboldt Bridge Builder organised by Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin and Charles University took place on November 29-30, 2018 in Prague.

The Humboldt Bridge Builder aims to strengthen the links between Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin and its international research alumni and cooperation partners that constitute the fundament of our academic connections worldwide.

This year’s event is organized in cooperation with Charles University and supported by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. It will bring together scholars from Humboldt-Universität and research alumni from various institutions across Central Europe.

‘Borders’ and ‘migration’ were the focus of this year’s Humboldt Bridge Builder. The topic, relevant for Central Europe in particular, was discussed under the headline “Crossing borders – Transnational border studies in Central Europe”. The event was supervised scientifically by Prof. Christian Voß (Head of Southern Slavonic Studies at the Department of Slavonic Studies, HU) and PhDr. Kateřina Králová, Ph.D. (Head of the Department of Russian and East European Studies, CU).


Select research alumni from countries participating in the CENTRAL network have been invited to join the two day programme.


Video Humboldt Bridge Builder 2018


Thursday, November 29

14.00 – 15.45 INPUT LECTURES
Migration in the Cultural Memory of Central and South-East Europeans

Lecture 1: Migrating Objects - Appropriated Images - Forgotten Origins (Grazyna Jurkowlaniec, University of Warsaw)

Lecture 2: The (missing) memory of Hungarian Germans (Swabian) after their deportation (Melinda Harlov-Csortán, ELTE Budapest)

Lecture 3: Labor Migration, Recollection and the Politics of Memory among Albanians in the Republic of Macedonia (Robert Pichler, Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften, Wien)

Moderation: Zuzanna Lizcová (Journalist)

16.00 – 18.00 PANEL DISCUSSION
Current Debates on Migration and Europeanness

Hannes Grandits (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin)
Michal Buchowski (Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznán)
Petra Ezzeddine (Charles University, Prague)
András Kováts (Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Budapest)

Moderation: Martin Jonas (Journalist, Prague)

Friday, November 30

Stand presentations for national and EU funding opportunities: German Research Association, DAAD, German-Czech Future Fund, Centre for International Cooperation in Education (DZS)

11.00 – 12.00 KEYNOTE SPEECH
Southeastern Europe as Migration Space: The Failed Promise of a Better Life

Prof. Ulf Brunnbauer (Academic director of the Leibniz Institute for East and Southeast European Studies)

12.15 – 12.45 CLOSING SESSION
Cooperation Perspectives (chaired by: Prof. Christian Voß / PhDr. Kateřina Králová, Ph.D.)

Please note that the language of the programme is English. There will be no simultaneous translation.

You can download the programme here.


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